Linda Dalton Walker
Linda Dalton Walker
I decided that if I could paint that flower on a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
Local oil painter, Linda Dalton Walker, attended the University of Utah and gained artistic knowledge in abstract art and an understanding of color from artists such as Nel Ivancich and John Erickson. She continued her artistic training under Kamille Corry, who studied at the Florence Academy in Italy. This intensive training in Kamille’s Atelier was the catalyst Linda needed to develop her art to the level she desired. As one looks at Dalton’s art you can observe the abstract and realistic training she has undergone.
“There are many images that tug at my heart strings. I’m often haunted by an image until I am able to replicate that vision onto paper. In the past I intensively researched and painted images dealing with the Divine Feminine. Recently, while taking in the beauty and aroma of the rose garden at Santa Barbara’s Mission, I leaned in to smell one of the roses and was struck by an inner beauty I had been overlooking. Overcome with emotion I felt a spiritual pull toward the roses. Painting roses had never entered my mind, but at that moment I saw them in a completely different light and knew they would soon be on my easel. Once back in my SLC studio, I examined my photos even closer by zooming in to the core of the rose. Abstract shapes and vibrant colors soon filled the canvases in my studio.
I believe it is the artist’s role to enhance the world the viewer sees by providing a different perspective. Additionally, I also believe that it is our charge, as artists, to help the viewer observe the natural world around them, take notice of what they would normally overlook, and in turn be better guardians for our environment. Presented with these ideals in mind, art can help them ponder, wonder, and come away with a different point of view.”